Five takeaways from Facebook's civil rights audit

A two-year audit of Facebook’s civil rights record found “serious setbacks” hurting the social network’s progress on matters such as hate speech, misinformation and bias

World's Fastest Supercomputer Joins the Fight…

World's Fastest Supercomputer Joins the Fight Against COVID-19 Japan's Fugaku supercomputer recently surpassed a U.S. IBM machine as the world's fasted computer. Now, it's being used to help tackle the global health crisis. Satoshi Matsuoka, head of Riken Center for Computational Science, commented about the computer's capabilities. Satoshi Matsuoka, via statement Fugaku is already being used to develop a better understanding of how coronavirus can be halted in specific environments such as office spaces. Researchers hope it will help to identify potential treatments for the disease in 2021. Fugaku is able to carry out 2.8 times more calculations per second than the IBM computer known as Summit.

Facebook Meeting With Boycotters Was Rough

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met virtually with civil rights and activist groups who've helped organize a massive advertiser boycott of the social network, and as CNN reports, "it did not go well." Facebook spokesman Andy Stone later expressed gratitude to the organizers "for their continued engagement" and said the network...

Facebook civil rights audit: 'Serious setbacks…

A two-year audit of Facebook's civil rights record found “serious setbacks” that have marred the social network's progress on matters such as hate speech, misinformation and bias

Facebook CEO Meets With Civil Rights Groups…

Civil rights groups have long said that they feel as if Facebook hasn't been serious about removing harmful content from their platform.

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Some PPP Loan Recipients Are a Little Surprising

The Treasury Department has released the names of everyone who got a loan bigger than $150,000 through the PPP—the Paycheck Protection Program designed to help businesses weather the pandemic. While millions of small companies were helped by the loans, which can be forgiven if the money is used...

Adobe Officially Confirms the End of Flash Player

Adobe Officially Confirms the End of Flash Player In 2017, the computer software company announced it would cease to produce updates for the Flash Player. Now, Adobe has confirmed that the flash player will no longer be supported after December 31. Adobe, via statement Adobe gave three years' notice to Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft so they could "migrate existing Flash content as needed to new, open standards."

American Academy of Pediatrics Says Children…

Dr. Nathaniel Beers, president of the HSC Health Care Systems, talks child safety as coronavirus spread concern grows. Beers also discusses the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendation to open U.S. schools in the fall.

NASA adds more safety fixes for Boeing's crew…

NASA has added more safety fixes for Boeing's crew capsule following a pair of close calls during last year's test flight

Xbox Celebrates Pride Month With $250K Donation…

Xbox Celebrates Pride Month With $250K Donation and More In addition to the donation, Microsoft is "honoring" Pride month by unveiling plans for its gaming division, including a curated list of inclusive titles across both its console and PC collections. Microsoft store category manager Garron Ballard provided updates via the Xbox website. Garron Ballard, via Xbox website Garron Ballard, via Xbox website He also addressed the company's gaming roster, and revealed these titles will be highlighted throughout the month. Garron Ballard, via Xbox website Garron Ballard, via Xbox website

Pompeo on Possible TikTok Ban: 'US Will Get This…

Amid a year fraught with trade issues and a Cold War-style arms race between the United States and China, a new alleged threat is now on the radar: the popular TikTok app, whose parent company is Beijing's ByteDance. Per CNBC , Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared on Laura Ingraham's Fox...

Data-mining firm Palantir files for stealth…

The Silicon Valley data-mining firm Palantir Technologies confidentially filed to go public, setting up what could be the biggest stock offering from a technology company since Uber’s debut last year

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How The Facebook Ad Boycott May Also Help Fight…

It's been difficult for regulators to hold Facebook legally accountable for its business practices, but experts think advertisers might be able to.

Tesla Sells Out of '$69.420' Short Shorts

After a surge in Tesla's share price, CEO Elon Musk celebrated in typically understated fashion: He taunted short-sellers by selling short shorts through Tesla's online store, apparently setting the price at the first numbers that came into his head: $69.420. CNET notes the 420 part might be a reference...

Facebook Allows Users to Turn off Political Ads

Facebook Allows Users to Turn off Political Ads Mark Zuckerberg announced that the app will give people the choice to mute ads promoting parties they are not interested in. Mark Zuckerberg, via 'USA Today' The social network's sister app, Instagram, will also have this function. It's currently rolling out in the U.S., but it will be made available in other countries later this year.

Pluto TV to Stream ViacomCBS Shows in New Deal

Pluto TV inked a deal with ViacomCBS to air re-reruns of some of its biggest shows like "Survivor" and "South Park."

Hong Kong grappling with future under national…

Hong Kong's leader has provided scant reassurance over the city's future under a new national security law that critics say undermines liberties and legal protections promised when China took control of the city

Free PlayStation Plus Games for June 2020

Free PlayStation Plus Games for June 2020 According to 'Forbes,' 'Star Wars: Battlefront II' and 'Call Of Duty: WWII' are available next month free of charge. They follow 'Cities: Skylines' and 'Farming Simulator 19,' which dropped in May and can be downloaded until June 1. 'Battlefront' and 'Call of Duty' are first-person competitive shooters in completely different settings. They will be available to play until July 6. EA's 'Battlefront II' puts you in various scenarios from the legendary 'Star Wars' film series. Gamers can choose to play on the sides of the Empire and First Order or take part in the Resistance. In Sledgehammer Games' 'Call of Duty,' take part in multiple missions across Europe inspired by historical events. Besides the standard story mode, you can also switch over to multiplayer.

Reddit Bans Popular Pro-Trump Forum

A popular Reddit forum that described itself as "a never-ending rally dedicated to the 45th President of the United States" has been banned as part of the site's crackdown on hate speech. The r/The_Donald subreddit, launched in the early days of President Trump's campaign in 2015, was banned for frequent...

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Samsung projects 23% jump in 2Q profit on strong…

Samsung Electronics Co. has reported that its operating profit for the last quarter likely rose 23% from the same period last year, helped by strong demand as people bought new equipment to be able to work from home during the pandemic

Detroit Man's Arrest Highlights Racial Bias In…

Robert Williams' case sheds light on how facial recognition algorithms make far more false identifications of Black and Asian faces than White ones.

Teen Likely to Be First Millennial Saint

The Catholic Church is one step closer to having its first millennial saint, NBC News reports. A miracle has now been attributed to Carlo Acutis, a London-born Italian teen who died in 2006 at age 15 from leukemia. Carlo taught himself how to program on his family's old computer, and...